Faculty of Medicine, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
The Faculty of Medicine of the Wayamba University endeavours;
- to educate medical students, postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in accordance with the highest professional standards,
- to prepare highly trained professionals dedicated to improve health through education, research and provisions of exemplary clinical care to our community,
- to become a national, regional and global hub of excellence in the core functions of teaching and learning, research and discovery, clinical service and knowledge exchange
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Faculty of Medicine are as follows:
- To provide a medical education programme of the highest standard for the medical professionals of tomorrow, who will be generously motivated to serve people with compassion, dedication and professionalism in fulfilling their health care needs.
- To contribute to the Government’s effort to raise healthcare standards of the country and to extend the services of the highest qualified healthcare professionals to the masses in rural and distant parts of the country.
- To make a significant contribution to create more opportunities for students from the Advanced Level Bio-Science Stream in underserved, rural and urban populations to follow an MBBS Degree Programme.
- To develop a centre of excellence in medicine to contribute with nationally relevant research at Wayamba University on par with other leading medical schools in South Asia.
After following the academic programme leading to the MBBS Degree, the graduates should be able to:
- become versatile, compassionate, dedicated and accountable medical professionals who can contribute to fulfil the healthcare needs of the local, national and international populations irrespective of their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, identity, disability and age.
- apply the knowledge, skills and training gained through the study programme in health promotion, disease prevention, using IT for self-updating on continuing developments in medical education.
- undertake basic, applied and clinical research leading to postgraduate qualifications and strengthen the pool of specialists in the country.
- receive further training from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine so as to strengthen the capacity of health professionals.
- collaborate with academic institutions and organizations to support the provision of public health and health services.
The Wayamba University is located at Kuliyapitiya Electorate of Kurunegala District in the North Western Province having over 2.3 Mn. population, which accounts for about 11.6 % of the total population in Sri Lanka.
Establishing a new Faculty of Medicine at a distant University needs to meet certain basic criteria in view of the scope for medical education such as availability of patients, reasonably developed hospitals for clinical training, a passage between faculty premises and the hospital, recruitment and retention of qualified staff and room availability for sustainable development in future.
The Wayamba university is fortunate in having access to two most developed hospitals in the North Western Province viz. the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital and the Teaching hospital at Kurunegala. In establishing, a 28 acre land in Labuyaya area on the Kuliyapitiya –Kurunegala main road was identified.
It would be possible for the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital to provide clinical training for about 100 medical students during the first 2-3 years until the Professorial Unit is set up and facilities of the hospital are upgraded to that of a teaching hospital so that the latter half of the programme can also be conducted at Kuliyapitiya Hospital itself.
There will be fifteen (15) Departments of Study, namely Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Microbiology, Parasitology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Medical Education.
Laying the Foundation Stone
After identifying the real necessity of having a Medical Faculty at the Wayamba University followed by several discussions at the UGC and ministerial level the establishment of the Faculty was gazetted by the Government under No 1954/43 of 19.02.2016. Accordingly, the foundation stone laying ceremony was held on 12.10.2016 in Labuyaya Estate in Kuliyapitiya under the patronage and direction of the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways and the UGC and by the following dignitaries:
Hon. Laksman Kiriella, the Minister of Higher Education & Highways
Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the Minister of Education
Hon. S B Nawinna, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development & Cultural Affairs
Prof. S J B A Jayasekara, then Vice-Chancellor of the WUSL
The MBBS Degree Program is an integrated organ system-based course of five years’ duration. Each academic year comprises of three (3) terms and each term is 10 weeks in duration. The Curriculum is divided into three phases:
The First Phase in year 1 and 2 comprises of study of normal structure and function of the human body. The second phase in year 3 and 4 comprises of study of etiology, pathology, treatment, prevention and control of disease. Clinical training commences in third year. There are three professional examinations at the end of each phase on study.
Phase I: comprises of thirteen modules, teaching the normal structure and function and the biochemical aspect of the human body. The Personal and Professional Development Stream(PPD) also will commence in Phase I. It begins with an orientation programme and then spans over 5 terms.
Phase II: consists of fifteen modules, Community Medicine and Professional development stream. Students learn the abnormal structure and function in relation to various diseases
Phase III: comprises of the final year professorial appointments in Medicine, Surgery , Obstetrics and and Gynaecology and Paediatrics with six weeks attachment in Psychiatry and two weeks attachment in Family Medicine
Departments of Study
The following Departments of Study shall be established phase wise over a period of 5 years:
Phase I : Basic Sciences- Department of Anatomy
- Department of Physiology
- Department of Biochemistry
Phase II : Department of Microbiology
- Department of Parasitology
- Department of Pathology
- Department of Forensic Medicine
- Department of Community Medicine & Family Medicine
- Department of Pharmacology
- Department of Medical Education
Phase III: Department of Surgery
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Department of Paediatrics
- Department of Psychiatry
The construction of the new faculty complex has already been started. The whole project is expected to be completed within the next two (02) years. Meanwhile, the inaugural batch of students (75 students) will be admitted to the Faculty towards the end of 2018 and academic activities will be conducted at makeshift venues at Kuliyapitiya Premises by renting out some buildings. Academic activities will commence after the orientation programme with delivery of the “commencement lecture” by an invited speaker. With the commencement the students are exposed to teaching and learning of basic sciences integrating Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry.
The upgrading of the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital to a Teaching Hospital is now being undertaken by the Ministry of Health and as such the Professorial Unit is expected to be in place when the first batch of students progresses to the third year in 2021.
Laying the Foundation Stone held on 12.10.2016
Progress of the Construction of the Faculty Complex (17.05.2018)